Michael Carayannis

Michael Carayannis

Michael Carayannis is a Rugby League Writer for The Sydney Morning Herald

NRL open to all expansion proposals following Marwan Koukash's bold English-based bid

Michael Carayannis One of Shane Richardson's opening tasks in his new role as the NRL's head of game strategy and development could be to meet with Marwan Koukash who is behind an daring bid to introduce an English...

St George Illawarra's Benji Marshall sheds weight to regain pace

Reaping rewards: Benji Marshall during a team golf day in Kogarah in November.

Michael Carayannis Benji Marshall says he is feeling quicker than ever having shed four kilograms to be at his lightest playing weight since 2008 while revealing his high pressured mid-season to a struggling Dragons...

Tigers' forwards under pressure, not rookie halves: coach Jason Taylor

Michael Carayannis While much of the spotlight shines on his rookie halves, new Wests Tigers coach Jason Taylor is adamant his side's success does not rest on Mitchell Moses and Luke Brooks' shoulders.

Josh Dugan returning to fullback for St George Illawarra Dragons

Back to the back: Dragons star Josh Dugan will return to the No.1 jersey this season.

Michael Carayannis Josh Dugan's stint at centre appears to be over with St George Illawarra coach Paul McGregor set to switch Dugan back to fullback.

Wendell Sailor predicts long rep career for Rabbitoh Alex Johnston

Big call: Alex Johnston, seen here scoring a try despite the tackle of Sonny Bill Williams, could be a long-term star.

Michael Carayannis Wendell Sailor has predicted South Sydney young gun Alex Johnston to be a decade long representative player with the winger to make his first senior representative appearance in the Indigenous All...

St George Illawarra Dragons want Russell Packer to follow Blake Ferguson's path back to NRL

Russell Packer

Michael Carayannis St George Illawarra will try to emulate the path the Sydney Roosters took with Blake Ferguson in a bid to fast-track Russell Packer's NRL return.

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The top 10 rugby league stories of 2014

Sacked, again: Former Cronulla Sharks five-eighth Todd Carney.

Michael Carayannis From the sublime to the ridiculous - the top 10 rugby league stories of 2014.

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Josh Dugan set to switch as Paul McGregor revamps St George Illawarra Dragons' attack

Josh Dugan

Michael Carayannis Paul McGregor is considering switching Josh Dugan between centre and fullback during matches while the St George Illawarra coach has also removed the shackles on halves Benji Marshall and Gareth...

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Cronulla Sharks recruit Ben Barba hopes to recapture 2012 form amid doubts

Ben Barba.

Michael Carayannis Even Ben Barba doubts if he can regain his magical form of 2012 but he believes he is better placed than ever thanks to the Sharks showing him "some love".

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Blake Ferguson has 'served his time': Canberra Raiders coach Ricky Stuart

Cleared to return to the NRL, Blake Ferguson.

Chris Wilson, Michael Carayannis Canberra Raiders coach Ricky Stuart stands by the club's "courageous decision" to sack Blake Ferguson, but says the troubled star has "served his time" and predicted he could return to the NRL better...

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Sydney Roosters recruit Blake Ferguson under tight leash upon NRL return

Plenty to prove: Blake Ferguson is set to return to the NRL after missing the entire 2014 season.

Michael Carayannis Blake Ferguson will undertake a leadership course and will be forced to meet with Roosters officials once a month after the NRL approved a one-year contract ending his 16 month exile.

Canterbury Bulldogs boss Raelene Castle reveals battle with hair disorder

Raelene Castle

Michael Carayannis Bulldogs chief executive Raelene Castle has gone public with her alopecia areata battle for two main reasons; so people don't think she has cancer and that the stress of being the only female club...

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Canterbury recruit Michael Lichaa 'not trying to be Michael Ennis'

Dogs days: Michael Lichaa has worked hard  at Canterbury.

Michael Carayannis Canterbury recruit Michael Lichaa knows the inevitable question about the man he was brought in to replace in the No.9 jersey is coming.

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South Sydney coach Michael Maguire returns to ANZ Stadium for first time

Happy memories: Souths coach Michael Maguire returned to the scene of his greatest triumph to launch the 2015 Charity Shield.

Michael Carayannis The stands may have been empty this time around but that didn't stop South Sydney coach Michael Maguire from fondly reflecting on the last time he was at ANZ Stadium.

Ben Creagh says criticism of St George Illawarra Dragons forward pack was 'warranted'

Ben Creagh.

Michael Carayannis St George Illawarra captain Ben Creagh believes the criticism directed at the club's forward pack last season was "warranted".

Canterbury's Dale Finucane set for Melbourne Storm switch

Linked with Melbourne: Dale Finucane.

Michael Carayannis, Adrian Proszenko Dale Finucane is the latest high-profile player to make an off-season switch, with the Canterbury back-rower expected to link with Melbourne as early as this week.

Ben Hornby and Dean Young brought in to restore Dragons' pride

Passion: Ben Hornby and Dean Young have taken on bigger coaching roles at the Dragons.

Michael Carayannis St George Illawarra coach Paul McGregor has turned to two of the Dragons' fiercest competitors to help restore pride and passion to the club.

Parramatta Eels unhappy with travel burden after NRL draw release

Globe trotters: Parramatta will rack up plenty of miles in 2015.

Michael Carayannis Parramatta boss Scott Seward has expressed serious concerns for his players' welfare after the Eels were drawn to play six interstate games, including three consecutive matches away from home, when...

NRL to run 10-hour marathon of five games on Anzac Day


Michael Carayannis The NRL will commemorate the Anzac centenary with one of the largest football marathons ever, with five games played across Australia and New Zealand on Anzac Day next year.

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Kangaroos furious over forward pass ruling

Sione Mata’utia dives for the line against the Kiwis but the try  was called back.

Michael Carayannis Here is moment the Kangaroos believe they were dudded a try to winger Sione Mata'utia which could have seen them retain their Four Nations trophy.

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